2016 Mission Trip
XPUJIL, MEXICO: JUNE 28- JULY 5TH, 2016
Mission trips enable us, as representatives of Farmington Presbyterian Church, to live with and learn from our brothers and sisters from around the world. We share their struggles. We do what we can to help, but mostly we show that we care. We also discover that when we break away from our routines, we see new connections and make lasting friendships with each other. However, a mission trip isn’t a vacation or a mere cross-cultural experience. It’s just what it sounds like – a trip with a specific mission. According to scripture, the mission isn’t necessarily giving handouts to the poor or even aiding long-term missionaries in their work. It’s about sharing the Gospel.
MISSION TEAM EXPECTATIONS
God calls us to receive and share the love of Jesus Christ, a love that crosses all cultural, geographic, economic and generational boundaries. Mission trips provide opportunities for serving, learning, advocacy, peacemaking, spiritual inspiration and building relationships and cross-cultural awareness.
- Mission trips aren’t about us; they are about God.
- Reflective worship is an important part of every trip.
- Mission trips start well before the date of departure and extend beyond our return home.
- All participants are expected to participate in orientations, trip-related activities, fundraising, debriefing and post-trip activities
- Mission team members need to be flexible, cooperative and positive, supporting the team leaders and our hosts as they need to adapt to unexpected circumstances and changes in plans.
- Accommodations are purposely modest to lower the cost of the trip and to benefit from the hospitality of our hosts. Estimated costs include airfare, most meals, lodging and ground transportation. Actual costs may vary depending on changes in airfare and the number of participants who register.
- Unless stated otherwise, persons of all ages and abilities are welcome to apply.
- You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your return date,copy of the first two pages of the passport must be submitted with trip applications.
Room in the Inn
Farmington Presbyterian hosts Room in the Inn the first and third Saturday’s of the month at Germantown United Methodist Church. This ministry provides housing for homeless persons from November – March.
Each time we host, we will need a group of people to prepare a meal for the evening: a casserole or meat, side, salad, bread, and dessert. The meal should serve our 12 guests and the 6-8 of us hosting them. The food needs to be cooked and prepared ahead of time and delivered to GUMC at 5 pm. There are ovens to warm things up at the host site.
We will need 6 people to host our guests each evening. The time frame will be 4:45 – 9:45pm. These people will prepare the beds, warm and serve the dinner, and fellowship with our guests until lights out at 10pm.
We will need 2 people to spend the night at GUMC with our guests. The time frame will be 9:00 pm – 7:00 am. These people will also prepare coffee in the morning, put out a to-go breakfast for our guests, and clean up in the morning. These people can also serve as one of the evening hosts as well. We need one male and one female for this position.
We will need 2 people to volunteer to launder the sheets, pillow cases, and blankets each Sunday afternoon after we host our guests. This is a great way for someone who cannot be there in the evenings to still be a part of this ministry.
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Stop Hunger Now
Stop Hunger Now gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people and works to end global hunger in our lifetime. Established in 1998, Stop Hunger Now has provided over 200 million meals in 71 countries. This year, they will package 45 million meals and ship over $9 million in donated aid, mainly vitamins and medical supplies.
What is done with these meals?
Stop Hunger Now distributes meals through feeding programs operated by partner organizations in developing countries that promote education, encourage children to attend school, improve students’ health and nutrition, address gender inequalities, stimulate economic growth, fight child labor, and are part of the movement to address global issues. The meals are nutritiously sound. Every dehydrated rice/soy meal is fortified with 23 essential vitamins and nutrients. Research has shown that one in three people in developing countries are adversely affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Addressing the problem of hunger is the single point where we can leverage relief for all humanitarian issues. Providing a hot meal during school gives parents an incentive to send their children to school. In addition to supporting school feeding programs, the meals are shipped to orphanages and to places where crisis-relief is needed. The food is stored easily, transported quickly, and has a shelf-life of two years.
How will we participate?
We will be raising money and hosting our own meal-packaging event. Meal-packaging is an immensely fun, hands-on and rewarding experience for anyone of any age. A group of 40 to 50 volunteers can package 10,000 meals in just two hours.
We will set up and take down packaging stations and equipment in the Farmington Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, fill bins with raw ingredients, scoop ingredients into meal bags, weigh and seal the bags, box and stack them on pallets, and load the pallets and equipment back onto a truck. Our assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix that includes 23 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages.
How many meals will we package?
Each meal costs 29 cents. We hope to package at least 10,000 meals. Let’s start saving now!